The Flight Vest Harness is our most updated Vest Harness for our Flight Series and Zero-G packs. The Flight Vest Harness is offered in two sizes: Small or Large.
|Flight Vest Harness
|Weight||7.5 oz -212 g||8.5 oz - 242 g|
*Does not include webbing strap.
love the design and the way it feels loaded down . I'm going to an overnighter with the vest and see how it rides before I decide to keep the hip belt or not.. i would totally wear a shirt with the 6 moons logo but ....
Still getting used to my harness; like many SMD products, this one takes some tinkering and fiddling. I like the feel of the harness across my chest, and the adjustable sternum straps are great. On a recent trip carrying about 20 pounds I sometimes carried the full weight on my shoulders, and then later cinched the hipbelt tight again - nice to have the ability to move back and forth in terms of where the majority of the weight is carried. (I'm using the Minimalist pack, btw. I'm 6 feet and 165 pounds and have the large harness). Less great: First, SMD really needs to do a better job with instructions; the harness ships without any, and there are no "how-to" videos on the web page. It took me a good 45 minutes and youtube searching to figure out how to attach and adjust the harness. Second, I found the multiple pockets on the harness to be disappointing. They are too small to be really useful: small water bottles fall out of the mesh pockets, and are very uncomfortable in the other, larger pockets; meanwhile the zippered pocket will only fit my very small cell phone (iphone SE); maps must be folded very small to fit. On a recent trip I wound up using one pocket for snacks and....that's it. I wish SMD had designed the harness with two proper-sized pockets rather than 6 tiny ones.
I'm still getting used to my new Flight Vest Harness. I've taken it on one trip so far, and in my experience SMD products are quite fussy and require a fair amount of time to get right. I'm using the harness with the Minimalist pack. I do like how it distributes the weight across my chest. It is very comfortable. I really like the sternum straps and how they adjust. 2 things are disappointing. First, SMD really needs to do a better job with instructions. The harness shipped without any, and there is nothing on the web page--no video or how-to that I could find. It took me 45 minutes and several youtube videos to figure out how the thing worked, attached to the pack, adjusted, etc. Second, all those pockets. There are 6 pockets, and really none of them are big enough to be useful. My phone fits in the zippered pocket, but only because it's an iphone SE. Anything bigger (ie. practically any other phone) wouldn't fit. The photos show water bottles in the pockets, but I found carrying even very small water bottles in the pockets to be very uncomfortable, and sometimes they even fell out when I swung the pack onto my back. Even a map has to be folded up really small. I wound up carrying gorp in one pocket and...that's it. I wish they had two pockets that were actually functional.